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bug #50611: Copyright string is “Malayalam Reformed”

Submitted by:  David Corbett <dscorbett>
Submitted on:  Wed 22 Mar 2017 07:11:46 PM UTC  
Category:  font info Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  Fix posted
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  Steve White <Stevan_White>
Open/Closed:  Open Release:  development

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Thu 23 Mar 2017 05:29:50 PM UTC, comment #5:

The problem was, I saw nothing different with this Style Set than with the others in the font. And there was certainly nothing amiss with the entry itself. But there is a difference with ss05: it doesn't act on any glyphs.

That would serve as a working suspicion of a bug in FontForge, triggered by a Style Set name that doesn't act on anything.

I'll go ahead and remove this Style Set ss05 entry, since it can't break anything, and it does make the issue disappear.

The intent of this Style Set was to turn on Malayalam Reformed. But due to a bug in font rendering software and a surprise political problem, it never went farther. I still think it would be a cool option to have.


Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Thu 23 Mar 2017 04:53:40 PM UTC, comment #4:

This bug appeared in revision 2840.

David Corbett <dscorbett>
Thu 23 Mar 2017 04:00:12 PM UTC, comment #3:

Open the OTF font in fontforge 20110222 or 20120731-ML it says:

The 'name' table contains (at least) two strings for the Copyright in language English (US), the first 'Copyright 20...' the second 'Malayalam Re...'
Which do you prefer?

It allows one to pick from first or second.

Pick "second". Then the TTF names table lists "Malayalam Reformed" as its English 'Copyright' field.
AND in StyleSet Names, the English(US) styleset ss05 "Malayalam Reformed" is missing!!

It's a bug, evidently in the font build...but what triggers it?

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Wed 22 Mar 2017 07:29:19 PM UTC, comment #2:

I saw this in both Font Book on macOS and BabelMap on Windows. You should be able to reproduce this by building FreeSerif and opening the resulting OTF (not the SFD) in FontForge.

David Corbett <dscorbett>
Wed 22 Mar 2017 07:21:12 PM UTC, comment #1:

David, I will be (further) beholden to you if you can tell me what this is. I have looked and looked.

What other font viewers show this copyright string?

In the SFD file, you'll see a styleset
OtfFeatName: 'ss05' 1033 "Malayalam Reformed"
It seems I will be obliged to remove this anyway... but I'd rather know how that got interpreted as a license field.

I suspect it's a FontForge bug.

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Wed 22 Mar 2017 07:11:46 PM UTC, original submission:

When I open the FreeSerif.otf I just built from source, FontForge says “The 'name' table contains (at least) two strings for the Copyright in language English (US), the first 'Copyright 20...' the second 'Malayalam Re...'. Which do you prefer?” Other font viewers show the copyright string as “Malayalam Reformed” too.

All eleven other fonts have correct copyright strings.

David Corbett <dscorbett>


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